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Taylor clears first hurdle
20 Dec 2014 09:09
Phil Taylor put personal troubles aside to ease into the second round of the PDC World Championship.
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Taylor's mother has been seriously ill and the 16-time world champion was noticeably subdued during a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Germany's Jyhan Artut.
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Artut did not win a leg until the third set, and he delayed Taylor's victory by breaking the throw to make it 2-2, but the 54-year-old responded in kind to clinch victory.
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Taylor said afterwards he had been unsettled by Artut complaining throughout that the board was not straight.
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Assessing his performance on Sky Sports, the second seed said: "Not brilliant. Bit lazy, bit slack. He kept complaining about the board. I looked at the board, it was level. It did put me off and maybe that was his game plan."
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Fifth seed Peter Wright, the runner-up to Michael van Gerwen 12 months ago, was also a 3-0 winner but the scoreline was rather flattering against Gerwyn Price.
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The opening match of the night nearly produced an upset but 12th seed Andy Hamilton edged past Dave Richardson 3-2.
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Richardson won successive legs to lead 2-1 but Hamilton hit back to book his place in round two.
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